A beautiful garden with a table is in the middle of it, and the light is just bright enough to give a glimpse of the person next to you. Sounds pleasant, doesn't it? The spot seems so lovely, quiet, and relaxing. It's not just perfect for dates but also for having some time quality with family. Having some lanterns at your place can bring this fantasy to life. The thing can create a highlight for the place and a dim-lit environment that's simply mesmerizing.

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Standing or Hanging

There are usually two mounting methods to secure your lanterns in position. You can either get them with the support that helps them stand or a hook/loop to hang them. 

Standing Lanterns: These are highly portable. You can carry them with you in a garden walk or simply place them in the middle of the table. And since they are not fixed, these decorative lanterns also allow you customization for every occasion. 

Hanging lanterns: These are less portable and usually need some type of fixture to secure them. They are best for lighting up a specific area of the garden, like a table or seats. They can add low light that provides perfect visibility without compromising the natural appeals of the place. 

Power Source

Traditionally the lanterns used oil and wick to provide light. However, presently, these lanterns are flexible for multiple power sources. For example, outdoor lanterns use candles, fuel, and electricity as a power source. Some lanterns are even flexible for solar power. 

The battery or electricity-powered are significant in terms of convenience. You just fit them with a supply line, and that's it. You don't need anything else to manage them, except for the switch to turn them on and off.

The candle and field will need regular maintenance. You need to ensure the fuel or candles don't run out. Moreover, in most of them, you need to light them manually. 

Solar-powered are the simplest and most cost-friendly. The lanterns need a little investment due to the cost of solar cells, but once placed, there's no extra cost, except the regular maintenance. There is no need for any power supply, refueling, or manual lighting. 


While solar energy is eco-friendly and the cheapest option, it's not viable for everyone. If you live in low sunlight, foggy or rainy climates, try alternative power sources. Depending on the availability, both batteries and fuel base lantern will work. You can also choose a hybrid lantern that can run on both solar power and battery. 

Lantern Shape

Lanterns find their application in almost every corner of a home. There are lanterns for indoors, outdoors, near doors, and even on the walls. Thus, you will find them in many interesting shapes, including the following. 

Cylindrical: This shape is closest to the traditional lantern shape. The lantern shape is perfect for traditional-style buildings. They are also suitable for mid-century homes. 

Square: The square shape is a minimalist type design. It offers an aesthetic and clean appearance with a sleek finish. The shape is best suited for modern builds. 

Jar: The jar shape looks precisely as its name suggest-like a jar. This shaped lantern is not for a classy or a modern touch but for a fun appearance. They look excellent with fairy lights. 

Hurricane: This shape is the classic lantern shape. This type of lantern usually consists of a light source protected by a glass or metal shield. It's best for anyone who's a fan of vintage looks. 

Material and Colors

No matter which lantern you get, one factor remains constant-heat generation. Even a LED-based modern lantern will produce heat. Thus, the material used for making a lantern body needs to be resistant to fire. So, you will find lanterns mainly made from metals and glass. 

Now, it can use variants of materials like coppers, stained glass, brass, steel, and more. However, the options are limited. And since most paints or dyes are prone to fire, the artificial pigmentation of these materials is also limited. Therefore, you will generally find the lantern in natural metal colors like gray, white, black, steel, copper, and more. But, these colors are mostly neutral and go perfectly with a wide variety of environments and textures. 

So, just keep your interior, house design, and the ambiance of the place where you plan to place it in mind while buying a lantern. You have to make sure the lantern matches the overall look of the area. For instance, if the place is dark, adding a glass lantern is better. It offers better lighting and will bring out the surrounding elements.

Similarly, for a post that gets perfect natural light use a dark metallic finish. It will balance out the light from the lantern and ensure the area doesn't get brighter than it should be.